Sunday, May 01, 2016

Welcome to Death Detention

Time again for Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday!




Welcome to the first snippet for May! Last week you saw Jada's reaction to finding out that she's dead. (You can catch up on the earlier excerpts here.) Hope you weren't worried about how traumatic that must have been for her. Thanks to the happy pills her mother put her on after finding her in a tub of bloody bath water with her wrist slit, Jada hasn't felt much of anything.

We pick up this week right after a white-clad guy with a tablet comes to collect Jada from the waiting area of Afterlife Admissions and takes her to the inner office filled with cubicles.



Tablet Guy stopped at an empty cubicle about halfway down the aisle and turned to look at me. “Have a seat here. Someone will be with you momentarily. Don’t touch anything.”

I gave him a salute. “Gotcha. No hacking into God’s e-mail while I wait.”

He frowned and took a silver stylus from his jacket pocket to enter something on the tablet. “Impudence doesn’t help your case any, young lady. If anyone in this department had a sense of humor, we wouldn’t be assigned to this office.”



Next week you'll get to meet Flo, Jada's Afterlife Advisor and keeper of the Golden Paperclips. Can't wait for more? You can buy After Me here. And please also check out the other Snippet Sunday folks and the Weekend Writing Warriors. Something for everyone among these talented writers!


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23 comments:

  1. She's obviously not in heaven if she has to wait and no one has a sense of humor... Yikes!

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    1. More about that when she meets her advisor next week. :-)

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  2. Oups bad day to crack a joke, it's good that she is not all that concerned (yet) about being dead. So is this purgatory?

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    1. Not exactly. It's Afterlife Admissions. I got the idea for it from my daughter's experience with enrolling in college. ;-)

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    2. Yes, not laughing much at college admission either. ;)

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  3. Loved the exchange here, especially the "wouldn't be assigned to this office" line. Death Detention made me think of the movie Death Race, though...hee hee. ;-)

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  4. Loving the story, especially her humor (even if the Afterlife guys aren't appreciating it much). Terrific snippet!

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  5. "If anyone in this department had a sense of humor, we wouldn’t be assigned to this office.”
    Sounds like a few places I've worked.
    Love your humour in this, Nancy! (laughing, your spell check hates my Colonial English spelling.)

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    1. The Colonial English spelling of Joyce is Nancy? Ha ha Sorry, couldn't resist. Kinda like Jada. ;-)

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  6. Uh-oh, she'd better watch it! Love the mundane office scenario, complete with humor-free bureaucrats.

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  7. Rats...he took notes on her humor. Not good! Ha. Love these snippets.

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  8. Her attitude, his attitude, the office ... all hilarious.

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  9. LOL. She makes joke in afterlife admissions. I like her.

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  10. Ouch at his comment, but I like her taking everything in with good humour.

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  11. Love it, love love love!!! :D

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  12. Right so...leave your sense of humor behind when you check into the afterlife. Good to know. LOL

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  13. That last line made me laugh out loud and scare my rats!

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  14. Really? I'd like to think that there's a place for humor after we're gone. Uh oh. I'm going to have to rethink this whole 'dying' thing. Death's optional, right? :-)

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  15. I love the irreverent feel of this piece. It's easy to picture too. Nice work!

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  16. Bureaucracy! Humourless even after death... Great scene :-)

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  17. This is a good story, Joyce! No sense of humor, indeed!

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